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Students, Nurses and Parents Seeking Health Options Together (SNAPSHOT) Study

Because one in three school-aged children is overweight or obese, there is a need to develop and test school-based programming that aims to prevent progression and support remission of childhood obesity. The SNAPSHOT study, led by Martha (Marti) Kubik, David R. Devereaux Chair, Professor and Director of the Department of Nursing, is testing a novel elementary school-based, school nurse-led healthy weight management program that aims to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity among 8- to 12-year-old children. The study is funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health.

The nine-month program engages children and parents and includes:

  • Quarterly parent and child coaching sessions with the school nurse in the home setting
  • A kid group where children meet one to two times per month after school to make tasty snacks, play fun active games and learn about making healthy food and activity choices from the SNAPSHOT comic characters
  • A parent group that meets five times for peer support, feedback and information sharing in a supportive, parent-friendly setting

Kubik has partnered with two school districts located in metropolitan Minnesota and a multidisciplinary team of research colleagues at the University of Minnesota and University of Massachusetts Amherst to conduct the study. If successful, the SNAPSHOT program will be a new model of obesity prevention with high potential for dissemination in schools nationwide.

Learn more about SNAPSHOT on the study's website.



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